Well, here we are- Labor Day has come and gone. RM and I were talking about how while we can’t believe summer is on its way out, summer actually didn’t feel incredibly short. We didn’t have a lot of weekend plans, weddings or travel this summer so we were able to take advantage of many weekends on the Cape and a few in Maine which was different than last summer. I also don’t remember a time when I went to the beach as much as I did this year. Whether just scooting over to Constitution Beach in East Boston or going to the Cape or Wells Beach in Maine, we did some serious beaching!
Last weekend’s long weekend started on Thursday when it was move day for me. While I don’t like packing and unpacking, the actual physical act of moving doesn’t bother me- I look at it as another workout!
I had never hired movers before and although I had a slightly argumentative phone call with the owner at one point, things ended up going very smoothly. Thanks to a recommendation by Stephanie, I hired Secure Movers and was impressed not only with their rates, but also with their speed. We (yes, I helped move boxes down my stairs and into the truck), were able to completely load up the truck, drive to Watertown and unload the truck in just under 2 hours. I call that a success!
After they left, I spent some time getting the extra bedroom set up, grabbed lunch at the local Whole Foods (and an ice cream at the Market Basket in Chelsea- was totally craving one!) and then headed back to my apartment to clean.
When all was said and done, I walked over 26K steps and climbed 100 flights of stairs. I honestly don’t remember the last time I felt so physically, mentally and emotionally drained. Even though I am so excited about our move, it was a weird feeling to be moving out of my last “single girl” apartment.
Thankfully, dinner and wine at Kelly’s Pub (awesome local joint in EB) made me feel muuuuuch better and I slept like a baby that night.
Friday morning I worked from RM’s apartment for a half day and then fit in a quickie workout, which actually left me sore for a few days! I ran 1.5 miles and then did this tabata workout, which I still really loved! We went to the new apartment to do some stuff and then grabbed dinner at Jeveli’s before heading south for a weekend at the Cape.
(Ashley P- finally opened the bottle of La Crema that you gave me a long time ago! I always save my “nice” bottles of wine and figured moving was a great time to crack it open!)
The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing- both at the house and on the beach! We had a delicious dinner on Saturday night consisting of burgers, hot dogs, chicken, sausage, rice, salad and corn on the cob.
Sunday morning I fit in another quickie workout: run 1 mile, 4 tabata rounds (squats & lunges, push-ups & jabs, high knees & squat jacks, side dips & standing crunches), run 1 mile. Short and sweet! We attempted a day trip to Martha’s Vinyard, but logistically it didn’t work out so we ended up just heading back to Craigville Beach.
It was the perfect beach day, but unfortunately I only made it in the water once because I got stung by a jelly fish… TWICE! Hurt so freaking bad! Roberto later got stung on his neck- it was weird! I used to think that going to the beach was such a process: packing the bags, chairs, lotion, lunches, drinks, etc., but this summer we have nailed the process and can get ready and on the beach in no time! For lunch on Sunday and Monday, we opted for “wrapless wraps”- something I think we are going to do a lot more of! Basically, we used the turkey as the “wrap”, then layered cheese, hummus and spinach and rolled it up. I also put rice in mine and Roberto put pickles in his.
Really enjoyed this “healthier” and “lighter” lunch option!
For dinner, we stopped in at Baxters in Hyannis for a drink and then had dinner at Tugboats.
Monday morning I went for a 3 mile jog before an earlier beach day.
We contemplated heading back to Boston early, but the weather was just too perfect to not take advantage of it. One more beach day was well worth the traffic on the way home!
All in all it was a really fantastic weekend, and perfect timing since last week was stressful and this week likely won’t be much different. I really focused on being present in the moment and soaking in all the goodness that the weekend brought rather than stressing about all that we have to do this week. Such a simple change in perspective really made all the difference in the world. I don’t like living in limbo and chaos, but I’m really working on not having any expectations for the rest of the move and kitchen renovations and just letting things be. If we have to eat out every night- so be it. If we don’t have a kitchen sink for a while and have to wash veggies in the bathroom- it’s only temporary. If I drink wine every night and break my “rule”, who cares! This sort of mentality doesn’t happen naturally for me, but I realize it will make the next few weeks a whole lot better if I do it!
I hope all of you had a great long weekend, too! And for those of you with recent moves, I feel your pain! I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging this week because on top of moving I am teaching on Wednesday and subbing on Thursday (6:30pm cardio kickboxing- Wellington BSC), but I’ll pop in when I can 🙂
Questions for you: Did you grill this past weekend? Did you go to any Labor Day Parties? Do you prefer the beach, lake or pool? Was this summer busy for you or did you have time to relax?
13 thoughts on “Weekending: Moving & Labor Day Weekend Edition”
Sounds like a great weekend!! I’m glad you had what seems like a pretty quick and painless move. And how funny that you also got in an argument with the owner during the moving day — I think I told you that I had 2 angry phone calls with him on my moving day, but other than that they were great!! Glad it worked out 🙂
Yes I remember you saying that and I totally thought of you when it happened!! I would recommend them again though 🙂
I got away to Vermont & New Hampshire for Labor Day weekend.
It was fun & relaxing!
Got in a lot of walking, but also mixed in sampling lots of cheese.
That sounds like a great long weekend! Walking and cheese sampling- perfect!
Congrats on getting your move done and over with!! That must be a HUGE stress relief! The movers I’ve been dealing with (through U-Haul) have been wonderful! Granted they haven’t actually moved anything yet, but they’ve been pleasant to speak with on the phone and some have been extraordinarily helpful.
My weekend wasn’t too exciting. Just hung out and enjoyed the weather in RI. Went to Boston Sunday night for dinner, though, so that was nice. And of course, took the extra time to work on some blog posts. 😉
Yes, the move is done, but we still have lots of boxes around which is annoying! But little by little we are making progress towards being totally unpacked! I hope yours goes smooth- the best part is living with your sig other 🙂 Where did you do dinner in Boston?
ugh so jealous of your dinner at Kelly’s pub! that was our go to when my husband and I lived in eastie!
It’s the best isn’t it?! I miss it already although we found a fantastic pizza place here near our new place!
Congratulations on your move and your move-in with RM! You look so happy. It’s awesome to read about your life and daily eats/workouts. You’re very inspiring! Hope you’re having a good week so far : )
thank you Sam! I am glad you enjoy the posts- hope you’re doing well!
Ugh im so ticked. I typed up a long comment and then it wouldn’t go through!!! Here’s a shorter repeat:
Congrats on the move! Can’t wait to see pics of the new place.
Relax?!!! HAHAHAH Babies are WORK. But at least I didn’t have to go into REAL work!
ugh I hate when that happens!! I can’t imagine being a stay at home mom- that is literally got to be such a tough job, but it’s nice that you get to have a whole year to hang out with your handsome babe!